The Mississippi Department of Transportation employee Bul Mabil was selected by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation to serve as a Rotary Peace Fellow and will travel to England to study peace and conflict resolution, according to an MDOT release.
MDOT tells his story:
As one of the “Sudanese Lost Boys,” Bul has experienced great pain and suffering while growing up in South Sudan. In spite of the hardships he was forced to endure, Bul is on a mission to try and make a difference in the world and bring peace to others who have endured similar hardships. At the age of five, he fled his village following a civil conflict outbreak and escaped to Ethiopia, several hundred miles away. Again in 1990, Bul was uprooted from his home when civil war erupted. Following the war in Ethiopia, he found himself in the Kakuma refugee camp in North Kenya where he was able to finish his primary education. During Bul’s sophomore year in high school he was brought to the United States where he continued his education, eventually graduating with a degree in Political Science from Millsaps College and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Belhaven University.
In 2011, Bul joined the MDOT family as a transit specialist in the Public Transit division. To this day he continues to support his family by sending half his salary to his mother in Nairobi. “You remember what you left behind and it gives you the courage to succeed and make a difference,” said Mabil. Regardless of what happens, he will always have the war in Sudan and his experiences in Ethiopia and Kenya in the back of his mind.